Trump campaign asks Supreme Court to block N.C. from extending vote count

President Trump’s campaign on Sunday appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to block North Carolina’s plan to extend the counting of absentee ballots.

Trump asks Supreme Court to block deadline extension for North Carolina  ballot | Reuters

FILE PHOTO: Election workers test voting tabulators for accuracy at the Wake County Board of Elections on the first day that the state started mailing out absentee ballots, in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. September 4, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Election officials in North Carolina, a battleground state that could tip the election, have called for counting ballots that arrive before Nov. 12, provided they are postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3.

The Trump campaign, the state Republican Party, and other conservative groups filed a lawsuit arguing that the plan violated the state’s election code.

In a 12-3 decision last week, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling denying the request to halt the North Carolina State Board of Elections’ plan.

Trump has argued without evidence that an increase in mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic will lead to fraud.

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